Self care is a topic many of us are familiar with and may even practice consistently. However, self care tends to place great emphasis on the physical and external things we can do to care for ourselves. The physical component of care is important, but there’s a deeper level of care that is needed for us to flourish as God intended.
God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive - a living soul!
Genesis 2:7 (The Message)
The soul can be defined as the mind, will, and emotions. Practicing soul care involves us spending time in God’s presence and tending to our inner life that we often neglect. Many of the rhythms we have practiced this year help us lean into God’s presence in a variety ways. It is possible to have self care without soul care, but it is not possible to have soul care without self care. We are embodied human beings and our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Soul care is concerned with the whole of a person. Our soul is very similar to a garden in that it needs to be intentionally nourished and the weeds that appear cannot go ignored. John Wessley, founder of the Methodist movement, was known for asking a soul provoking question that I invite you to sit with, “How goes it with your soul?”
For the soul to be well, it needs to be with God.”
- John Ortbert (Soul Keeping)
Learn more about Soul Care in Scripture
3 John 1:2
Create space in your day to sit quietly in God’s presence and see what comes up for you. What might God want to speak to your soul?
Meditate on Psalm 139:1-13. Then ask God in prayer to show you how you can better tend to your soul.
What Rhythm of Grace do you need to circle back to and implement right now? (Solitude, lament, honoring the body, rest, elf examination, lectio divina, fasting, intercession, or gratitude)
Personal Soul Care from dallaswillard.org